December 2016

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December 2016

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Skiing Utah

Skiing Utah

Nestled in Utah’s Wasatch Mountain Range, Park City is one of the best little ski towns in America, offering sweeping landscape views of the valley below. As big fans of Colorado skiing, our family was a little uncertain about venturing outside our customary Centennial State resorts. I’m here to say that now I’m a huge fan of Park City.
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Could My Child Have Autism?

Could My Child Have Autism?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (HealthyChildren.org), autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurologically-based disability that affects a child's social skills, communication and behavior and affects approximately 1 in 68 children, with boys five times more likely to receive the diagnosis than girls.
Eating Healthy During the Holidays

Eating Healthy During the Holidays

With the holiday season in full swing, the temptation to indulge constantly in treats is huge. Luckily, you don’t have to say no to everything to keep your energy level (and your waistline) in check. Follow these simple tips and tricks to keep your body looking its best and functioning at its peak.
Sleep, Science and Smarter Kids: How Sleep Boosts Learning

Sleep, Science and Smarter Kids: How Sleep Boosts Learning

Want kids to bring home As? Start with more ZZZs. According to sleep experts and numerous new studies, lost sleep hurts learning and hinders school-day success.
Keeping Kids Active Indoors

Keeping Kids Active Indoors

According to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, preschoolers should have several hours of free play, plus 60 minutes of structured physical activity, every day. This amount of activity may come easily during the summer months, but now that winter is here, keeping children active may seem next to impossible. Instead of hibernating during those cold months, you might try some of these activities to keep active and enjoy some quality time as a family.
Timely Parenting Research: The Low-Down on Shots, Soaps and Sports

Timely Parenting Research: The Low-Down on Shots, Soaps and Sports

If you’ve been debating the merits of flu mists, antibacterial soaps and whether or not your kids should specialize in a singular sport, here’s the scoop on the latest research to help you make the best choices for your family.

Archive »Faith and Family

Making Space

Making Space

Christmas truly is a season of preparation. It’s what Mary did long ago after hearing of God’s plans to make her a mother to Jesus.

Archive »Word from Dad

A Letter from Santa

A Letter from Santa

“I can’t believe you guys!” I stood between Ian and James and looked from face to face. “Christmas is only two weeks away, and you’re acting like goblins.” I raised my voice. “Are you nuts?”

Archive »Craft Corner

Paper Sculptures

Paper Sculptures

Making paper sculptures is a fantastic excuse to use up leftover wrapping paper. This art project is a great way to learn different ways to create three-dimensional shapes and textures out of paper. Spray paint the sculptures a uniform color for a modern and interesting piece of art!

Archive »Media Reviews

Holiday titles fill the shelves this December

Holiday titles fill the shelves this December

Great reads for the holiday season.

Archive »Family

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Loveys

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Loveys

Perhaps the best reason to get loveys for your kids is because they provide a sense of security.
Living and Learning Through Loss

Living and Learning Through Loss

This past year has been learning to live with my new normal. As my mom told us, our world continues to spin, it’s just that our axis has tilted and our world now spins differently. And it’s been hard and I hate it and I want to go back to before and I miss him terribly. While I am by NO MEANS an expert, here are a few things I’ve learned throughout the past year.
Getting Out the Door with Kids (Without Losing Your Mind)

Getting Out the Door with Kids (Without Losing Your Mind)

Whether it is to school, a sports practice or church, getting the kids ready and to an event on time can be an Olympic event. Here are a few “training” tips to streamline the process and get a win.

Archive »Holidays

25 Days of Christmas: Kansas City Style

25 Days of Christmas: Kansas City Style

This holiday season, celebrate with a Kansas City Christmas countdown!
December By the Numbers

December By the Numbers

KC Trivia and Fun Facts for December
Ringing in the New Year with Kids

Ringing in the New Year with Kids

New year, new places, new life, new experiences, new me! The best part about this new year will be your fresh start. Watching the ball drop in Times Square—or even on the big screen—is always fun, but creating your own little twist on the new year will be epic! Just keep reading and you’ll be sure to find some good tips.
Guide to Peacefully  Co-Parenting Through the Holidays

Guide to Peacefully Co-Parenting Through the Holidays

For children living in two separate households, things can get extra complicated. Overhearing arguments between divorced parents is the last thing a child should experience during a time that is supposed to be filled with love and compromise. Here are some tips to make your blended family holiday merry and bright.
12 Tips to Tame the Holiday Circus

12 Tips to Tame the Holiday Circus

Are holiday traditions, parties, volunteer commitments and shopping turning you into a frenzied ringmaster of a runaway circus train? For your sanity and for your health, put the brakes on the holiday rush.
What NOT to Give Kids for Christmas

What NOT to Give Kids for Christmas

My children began their Christmas lists in October. Curious to see what made the list this year, I read over my daughter’s shoulder and was shocked to see she had asked for a doll that spits up and wets itself, an expensive Lego set and a live donkey. These items were NOT on my Christmas list for my children.
Nine Ways to Have a Debt-Free Holiday

Nine Ways to Have a Debt-Free Holiday

It happens earlier and earlier every year. The holiday music starts playing and the stores offer holiday items for sale earlier and earlier. And the commercials for toys! That’s when I really start to feel anxious. What will we get for our relatives this year? How will we show our appreciation for people like teachers and daycare providers without burning up our credit card? Don’t worry…here’s some help!
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